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    Nigel Farage will run for MP in 2015




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    Is he running for MEP in 2014?

    He can be members of both unless he resigns one and unless that rule has changed.
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    Yeah he said he'll be standing for MEP so he's going for both.

    So if he wins his Westminster seat he will either resign as an MEP or just fill out the term. It's a bit of a work load though.

    The pay and perks are better in Europe so he might not want to give that up.
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    Wait, what is the difference between MP and MEP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaftFan View Post
    Wait, what is the difference between MP and MEP?
    MP is in the British Lower House, the House of Commons (equivalent to a State House seat here), MEP is in the European Union Lower House, the European Parliament (equivalent to a US House seat here). It's easier to become an MEP, as the elections are done with proportional representation (while MP elections are done as they are here in the US, except without the primaries), so generally MP is a better regarded position, especially for Farage, as the House of Commons is the only place where he can lead the charge to secede from the EU.
    Last edited by compromise; 05-10-2013 at 02:32 PM.

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    We're assuming Farage would have a chance at MP in the first place. Looking at his past races, he isn't getting in unfortunately. A few other UKIP'ers might, but the problem is that they'll probably be nutters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smart3 View Post
    We're assuming Farage would have a chance at MP in the first place. Looking at his past races, he isn't getting in unfortunately. A few other UKIP'ers might, but the problem is that they'll probably be nutters.
    Farage is UKIP's strongest candidate and their best chance at getting an MP. He has very high name recognition and is fairly popular. I think he could stand a chance in the constituency where UKIP won 10 out of the 11 councillors representing the town of Boston at the local elections and then became the official opposition in Lincolnshire county.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compromise View Post
    MP is in the British Lower House, the House of Commons (equivalent to a State House seat here), MEP is in the European Union Lower House, the European Parliament (equivalent to a US House seat here). It's easier to become an MEP, as the elections are done with proportional representation (while MP elections are done as they are here in the US, except without the primaries), so generally MP is a better regarded position, especially for Farage, as the House of Commons is the only place where he can lead the charge to secede from the EU.

    if england is to leave the EU, it will start with the MPs.
    Farage has already made his intentions known, and I wish him success.
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    LOL, I was hoping it was a typo and he was running for PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Original_Intent View Post
    LOL, I was hoping it was a typo and he was running for PM.
    i'm not well versed on british political system, but i'd assumed he'd first have to be member of a majority party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by torchbearer View Post
    i'm not well versed on british political system, but i'd assumed he'd first have to be member of a majority party.
    Obviously more well-versed than I am!
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    In order to become Prime Minister or a Minister of the crown and more visible in UK politics one has to be a member of the British Parliament (MP).

    It's a hard nut to crack because they have to win First past the post in gerrymandered districts like the US House. It's like the Libertarian Party trying to break in... very hard but you've got to start somewhere and for him he likes to stand for the UK parliament and campaign win or lose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by compromise View Post
    Farage is UKIP's strongest candidate and their best chance at getting an MP. He has very high name recognition and is fairly popular. I think he could stand a chance in the constituency where UKIP won 10 out of the 11 councillors representing the town of Boston at the local elections and then became the official opposition in Lincolnshire county.
    That's True Blue though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smart3 View Post
    That's True Blue though.
    He's more likely to win there than a Labour or Lib Dem area.
    Last edited by compromise; 05-12-2013 at 04:02 AM.



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